32-year old righty swinging Carlos Ruiz will be the main man behind the plate for the Phillies once again in 2011. Ruiz has played in 121 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 112 of 371 (.302 avg, .847 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 8 homers and 53 RBIs. Ruiz will likely to continue to improve as a hitter as he showed good plate discipline last year. He walked 55 times while only whiffing 54 times last season for the Phillies. Ruiz had 6 errors and 4 passed balls in 118 games behind the plate for the Phillies. He also threw out 18 of 70 (25.7%) runners trying to steal on him last season and Phillies’ pitchers had a 3.33 ERA with him behind the plate. Ruiz is a good all-around catcher and he steps up when the games get big in October. I look for him to have another really good year in 2011 for the Phillies.
34-year old lefty swinging Brian Schneider is a very solid backup for the Phillies. He played in 47 games for the Phillies last season and he was 30 of 125 (.240 avg, .729 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 4 homers and 15 RBIs. Schneider is basically a .250 hitter with some pop and the Phillies would be happy with that kind of production out of him in 2011. Schneider had 2 errors and only 1 passed ball in 46 games behind the plate for the Phillies last year. Schneider threw out 8 of 38 (21.1%) runners trying to steal against him last season and Phillies pitchers had a 4.57 ERA with him behind the plate.
30-year old righty Erik Kratz will likely start the 2011 season in AAA. He played in 70 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 63 of 230 (.274 avg, .875 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 9 homers, 41 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He also played in 9 games for the Pirates last season in which he was 4 of 34 (.118 avg, .284 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Kratz didn’t have any errors or passed balls in 9 games with the Pirates last season. He also threw out 4 of 7 (57.1%) runners trying to steal on him last season and Pirates’ pitchers had a 4.42 ERA with him behind the plate which is pretty impressive because they had a awful pitching staff.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE PHILLIES CATCHERS IN 2011: B